Immersive Storytelling Lab
Immersive storytelling is nothing new?—?we’ve been doing it with great novels, monologues, plays and movies for centuries. However, as technology evolves journalists are embracing this type of news distribution that fully takes the user into a storytelling experience. This elective course gives students the opportunity to travel to a new environment for seven days where they will immerse themselves in a story that they can then take to their readers, watchers, and users. Students will do this through 360 video, advanced video and photo production, audio stories, integrated social media and the written word. Using these immersive storytelling techniques, students will build experiences to help their audiences better understand complex stories, bring them to difficult to find places and put them in the center of a story. With a design-first approach, we will plan, produce and distribute from the field to give students a hands on experience of building complex stories on deadline and in the field. Prerequisite: MPJO 508 Video Journalism and MPJO 505 Digital Essentials COURSE OBJECTIVES ? Examine and collect a diverse amount of background research for a story that will be told during the term ? Develop several angles of a story to pitch to the team ? Plan and prepare work as a team using interpersonal and problem solving skills ? As a group, build editorial guidelines and ethics of producing content in a virtual environment ? Compose a comprehensive story with a variety of technologies that immerse the user in the content ? Generate a final product for distribution through various channels
Note: This course requires MPJO 505, "Digital Essentials", and MPJO 508, "Video Journalism", as a prerequisite. Also needs to be approved by MPS JO Program Staff as there is an application process for this course.